Join Bill Dill for an in-depth discussion in this video What a lens actually does, part of Learning Cinematography: 1 Narrative Fundamentals.
- So we have this thing on the front of the camera…that we need to talk about.…It's completely separate from the camera itself.…You should give some thought to what a lens actually does.…The effect that a lens has on the image…is psychologically complex.…Sometimes we attribute a visual result…that we see on screen to one factor,…when actually there's something else happening.…That can have the cinematographer…making the wrong change to the shot,…and not getting the effect that they want.…
This is why it's so useful to understand a little…of the physics of what a lens actually does.…The only thing a particular lens can do…relative to another focal length,…is to make the limits larger or smaller…on the center of the camera.…Longer focal length, or telephoto lenses,…magnify the image more than wide angle lenses.…In terms of the physics, that's it.…I'm pointing this out because filmmakers…often attribute lots of characteristics to a lens,…which confuse this very simple fact of physics.…
We've all seen that telephoto shot…
Follow along and learn the fundamentals required to shoot a story with a camera. Learn how to plan your production, assemble a crew, choose the right camera and lenses, and make creative choices that best fit the themes, characters, and story of your film. Bill covers the elements of composition, exposure, optics, lighting, and camera movement. Part 2 (coming in November 2016) will show you how to put all these ideas together on set, and deliver the footage to an editor and director for assembly into a complete, coherent, and compelling story.
- Motion picture history
- Preproduction planning
- Working with a crew and actors
- Understanding the story
- Composition in film
- Working with different types of cameras
- Recording, compression, and storage
- Choosing a lens and focal length
- Finding the correct exposure
- Lighting a scene
- Lighting and grip equipment
- Camera movement
Skill Level Beginner
Video Foundations: Cameras and Shootingwith Anthony Q. Artis2h 58m Appropriate for all
Foundations of Video: The Art of Editingwith Norman Hollyn3h 47m Appropriate for all
1. Before You Start Filming
2. Principles of Storytelling
4. Understanding the Camera
8. Camera Movement
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